CHRISTINE Loh Kung-wai became a full-time legislator yesterday, resigning as project director with trading company CIM. The move will allow the 38-year-old liberal to prepare for direct elections next year. Last night Ms Loh said she had decided to quit after finding herself in the embarrassing position of having no time to spare for the company. She was appointed to the Legislative Council by Governor Chris Patten in October 1992. Ms Loh rejected rumours she had left the firm because of a dispute with CIM boss Yu Pun-hoi, the owner of Ming Pao newspaper. ''Mr Yu and I remain friends,'' she said. She denied she had been under pressure from the business sector because of her vocal support for greater democracy. ''So far, I have not felt inhibited to speak my mind on business-related issues and all other issues,'' she said. She said she would stand in the direct Legco elections next year, although she had not decided in which constituency. However, her first priority would be Hong Kong Island. Ms Loh said she would supplement a legislator's $43,250 monthly salary by writing for the South China Morning Post, and other papers. She might also take up ad hoc business assignments.